Donated Defibrillator installed at Carleton Crematorium
Lifesaving equipment has been installed at Carleton Crematorium with help from local construction company, F Parkinson who are currently completing an extension project at the site.
F Parkinson have a strong social value ethos and provide community benefits on every project completed to ensure they leave a legacy. As part of the day, five employees also took part in a volunteering day to help clean and maintain the crematorium’s columbarium.
Ray Eyre, Managing Director of F Parkinson said “From being brought up in Blackpool, living in Blackpool and running a business in the town which employs local people, as Managing Director I feel I have a moral obligation to try to give something back to the area I operate in. I believe this defibrillator will serve the community and if it does save a life it will be most humbling and the best investment I have made in my life time. I am hoping we can provide more of these defibrillators in the areas that we work as a legacy donation from myself and all our employees.”
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be accessed 24/7 and could make the difference between life and death for someone suffering a cardiac arrest. For every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduce by up to 10%.
Access to the defibrillator will not only benefit those working or visiting the crematorium who could be naturally anxious or under stress due to grief, but also the residents of Carleton that are located within 200 metres of the AED.
The donation of the AED was overseen by the North West Ambulance Service who provided a familiarisation session for the crematorium staff and the construction project team. This informative session provided key details on how to access the AED, instructions on how to use it and the future maintenance of the device.
Cllr Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member responsible for Carleton Crematorium and Cemetery, said: “We were very pleased to accept this generous donation of life saving equipment. In addition to the construction company I would like to thank the North West Ambulance Service for providing training on how to use the defibrillator. This fantastic equipment could save a person’s life one day and that is why it is such a welcome gift.”